Friday, April 24, 2015

How to Make Colorful Kirigami Flowers

Spring is here! La la la! Although our current grey skies don't exactly scream "warm, sunny, bursting-with-new-life weather," today's kirigami flower craft certainly does!

How to Fold and Cut Kirigami Flowers

How to cut and fold kirigami flowers- super easy and fun spring craft
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Now, I had a lot of trouble naming this craft.  These flowers kinda felt like origami... and yet they weren't quite origami because I used scissors to make the designs too.  Luckily Mr. Google taught me the term kirigami.  It's a Japanese term that basically describes origami that also involves paper cutting too.  Bingo!  So cool right?

By the way, if you love these flowers, you'll also love these

As always, if you're looking for some great books to go along with this mega list of ideas, check out the links below!

Our Favorite Flower and Plant Picture Books

Now, let's make some kirigami flowers!

To make these flowers, you just need a pair of scissors and origami paper.  That's it!

Here's a video showing how I made these flowers.  If you don't like watching videos (or you're sneakily checking this blog during work), written directions are below!

Video Directions for Kirigami Flowers:

Kirigami Flowers from Pink Stripey Socks on Vimeo.

Written Directions for Kirigami Flowers:

  1. Select a pretty color of origami paper.
  2. Fold it in half diagonally.  (Opening is on top.  I tried to shoot the rest of the photographs in the right orientation.)
  3. Fold it in half again vertically (so the right corner now lies on top of the left corner.)
  4. Now fold it so that the top corner of the right triangle meets the bottom left corner.  (The center of your origami paper should be the bottom right corner of the triangle.)
  5. Rotate your triangle so that the center of your sheet is on the bottom.  Cut out a petal shape by cutting off your two other corners.
  6. Now, make cuts like these two types.   For the blue petal, I essentially cut out the center of the origami sheet.  This type of cut will result in Type 1:  Solid Flowers.  For the purple petal, I left the outlines of the petal.  This type of cut results in Type 2:  Lacy Flowers.  

Here's what they look like:

Type 1:  Solid flowers

Type 2:  Lacy Flowers

Ok.  I hope you have a lot of fun cutting these out.  Honestly, they're kinda addicting to make.... almost like snowflakes!  So you'll soon have a whole garden of lovely, paper flowers!

Today's post is part of the Kids Craft 101 Series.  14 kid-craft-loving bloggers from all over the world are each sharing a fun kids craft on their respective blogs for 14 days.  All of these crafts are made from things you already have at home!  

Yesterday, Valerie from  Inner Child Fun shared these super cute toilet roll cats.  Aren't they just the cat's meow?
Cardboard Roll Crafts - Cat Family Play Set!  

And tomorrow, Chelsey from Buggy and Buddy is going to be sharing some super sweet tissue paper flowers.  They're just so cute!

Cardboard Tube and Tissue Paper Flower Craft for Kids~ (Perfect for spring or Mother's Day!)

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